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    Punctuation of date

    "On Tuesday 22 March 2011 we had a meeting."

    There should be no comma after "Tuesday," right?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "On Tuesday 22 March 2011 we had a meeting."

    There should be no comma after "Tuesday," right?

    Thanks!
    I wouldn't put one, but I would write it "On Tuesday the 22nd of March 2011..."

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't put one, but I would write it "On Tuesday the 22nd of March 2011..."
    I thought you would say it that way but write it as I wrote it.

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "On Tuesday 22 March 2011 we had a meeting."

    There should be no comma after "Tuesday," right?

    Thanks!
    I would use the comma. In the U.S. we would write it somewhat differently: Tuesday, March 22, 2011..

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would use the comma. In the U.S. we would write it somewhat differently: Tuesday, March 22, 2011..
    Yes, I realize that in Amercian English you would use several commas, but that's not the case in British English.

    March 23, 2011, = American English

    23 March 2011 = British English

    But I'm not sure what happens when you add a day.

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I thought you would say it that way but write it as I wrote it.
    I disagree with bhai, Jasmin, and would say and write it as you did.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Mar-2011 at 13:18.

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    There are no hard and fast rules in BrE.

    As the date of a letter, the traditional way was '22nd March, 2011'; this is now usually written '22 March 2011'.

    In your sentence I would write 'On Tuesday 22 March 2011 we had a meeting'. There is no question for me of a comma after 'Tuesday', because I would then have to put a comma after 'March' and after '2011' - a little excessive. Unlike bhai, I never write 'the' and 'of' in dates, though I normally say them.

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    There are no hard and fast rules in BrE.

    As the date of a letter, the traditional way was '22nd March, 2011'; this is now usually written '22 March 2011'.

    In your sentence I would write 'On Tuesday 22 March 2011 we had a meeting'. There is no question for me of a comma after 'Tuesday', because I would then have to put a comma after 'March' and after '2011' - a little excessive. Unlike bhai, I never write 'the' and 'of' in dates, though I normally say them.
    If I am writing the date in full, I write it as I have indicated, with "the" and "of. Otherwise I would write, informally, "On Sunday 22,03,2011...",

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If I am writing the date in full, I write it as I have indicated, with "the" and "of. Otherwise I would write, informally, "On Sunday 22,03,2011...",
    Interesting. I would never write it with 'the' and 'of', and I would never, even in my most informal correspondence, write '22,03,2011 / 22:03:2011 or 2203/2011'

    Note to other readers: I am not saying that bhaisahab is wrong; I am simply saying what I do and do not do. As I wrote in an earlier post, "There are no hard and fast rules in BrE".

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    Re: Punctuation of date

    Above all, Jasmin, be consistent.

    Rover

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